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which president lovett intentionally timed to coincide with the anniversary of columbus' arrival in the americas. he aimed very high in his vision for the new school. the president, though, was not the first speaker. after an opening prayer, a princeton professor -- henry van dyke -- recited a lengthy poem entitled "texas: a democratic ode," which he wrote especially for the ceremony. this poem, crawn from -- drawn from an indian legend, invoked images of frontier pioneers. the "dallas morning news" reported that the audience listened to the poet's words, quote, with the strictest attention punctuated with frequent applause. now, the next speaker, the chief justice of texas, spoke in prose. his review was nowhere near as good as the poet received. [laughter] now, in the height of that i thought the best -- in light of that i thought the best course would be for me to compose a poem for this occasion. [laughter] again, there's no need to panic or run for the exits. i gave up that plan when i couldn't find suitable words that rhymed with latin legal terms like suey generous. [laugh
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